Official scores from NRA Police Championships scheduled for 11am MST

German competitor fires Distinguished semi-auto at NRA Police Championship

Albuquerque, New Mexico - After a morning firing 150 shots for score, competitors were released to the friendly confines of the National Police Shooting Championships' vendor hall. A few stop at a food truck parked outside for a burrito and coffee. Green chili if you're feeling that southwestern spirit.

It's a morning routine meant to calm the nerves, fill their bellies, and ready for the next round. The round of Distinguished Semi-Auto.

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U.S. Border Patrol's Robert Vadasz leads Semi-Automatic 1500 at day's end

Robert Vadasz reviews his performance at NRA's Open Class Semi-Automatic 1500 Championship in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Open Class Semi-Automatic Pistol 1500 is not only the first showdown for the National Police Shooting Championships, it's also a heck of a barometer for the Grand Aggregate title? Why is that? Because today's average law enforcement officer is more likely to carry a semi than a revolver. That means if you're going to pull ahead, you better get to it when the getting is good.

That doesn't mean you're out of the aggregate title hunt if your semi numbers aren't stellar. No, there's a shot (pun intended) if you rack up some serious numbers in the shotgun and revolver categories, but why race from behind when you can lead from the lead. I know, but it sounded good in my head.

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NRA's National Police Championships begin with 150 shots and semi-automatics

Female competitor shots while sitting at NRA's National Police Shooting Championship

Albuquerque, New Mexico - 100 competitors made way for the firing line this morning at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park to kick off the 2014 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). First held in 1962, NRA's Police Championships have been called Albuquerque home since 2006.

"The intent of PPC competitions is to provide police officers with a competitive program that improves both their skills and competences," said Match Director Marc Lipp. "NPSC does just that."

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From USA Shooting - Aim For Spain: The Team Behind The Team For The 2014 ISSF World Championship

Smallbore Rifle shooter Reya Kempley at the NRA National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Colorado Springs, Colorado - Any shooter competing in a major competition understands the amount of preparation required before he or she finally steps up to the line: The countless hours training, the workouts, gun tweaks, visits to the physio, the sports psychologist…all of the hard work that it takes. What many may not know, however, is the level of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that athlete can actually make it to the line.

Meet just a couple members of our “Team behind the Team,” Reya Kempley and Morgan Wallizer. The pair not only train as rifle and pistol athletes respectively, but also work on a part-time basis for USA Shooting as Operations Assistants and have both competed on World Championship teams (Kempley will also be shooting as a member of this year’s World Championship team)... more on the team behind the ISSF World Championship Team ...

How far away you can score a hit with a defensive handgun shot?

Chris Cerino firing pistols at long range Gun writer Richard Mann takes you through the steps of long range pistol shooting ...

Handguns at Rifle Distances
With a bit of technique and lots of practice, you can use your pistol to get hits out to 300 yards and beyond.

There’s a difference between trick shooting and long-range shooting. There’s also a difference between hitting something and hitting it hard enough to matter. Handguns are generally considered short-range firearms, because it’s difficult to achieve hits with them at extended distances. In addition, they don’t hit very hard at long range. So, at what range is the divide between trick shooting and serious shooting with a handgun?

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How much innovation can you fit in I.C.E. Training’s new personal defense holster?

The I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster
Outdoor writer and gear guru Kevin Reese returns with his latest adventure in the conceal carry field

As someone licensed to carry a concealed firearm, with a ridiculous number of hours of handgun and shooting training over eight years of Marine Corps service and of course, concealed-carry training under my belt, I thought I was well-equipped for personal defense and survivability; I was wrong. I showed up to personal defense expert, Rob Pincus’ two-day Combat Focus Shooting training with a soft-sided outside the waistband (OWB) holster complete with Velcro strap, my Glock 17 Generation 4 and 1,000 rounds of my personal favorite factory ammunition, Federal’s American Eagle.

Just as quickly as I walked onto the pistol range, Rob Pincus himself escorted me back to the prep table. He didn’t smile or say much at all. He simply un-holstered my handgun and asked me to remove my holster. As I removed my personal holster, he handed me a new I.C.E. Range and Carry (RAC) Kydex Holster and instructed me to put it on, re-holster and join the other students for the morning’s training brief.

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From Colt’s Manufacturing Company - Colt’s Mark Redl Wins Custom Defensive Pistol Division at New England Regional Redl Increases Lead for King of New England CDP Division

Mark Redl on taking first place in the Custom Defensive Pistol Division at the New England Regional IDPA Championship West Hartford, Connecticut – Colt congratulates sponsored shooter Mark Redl on taking first place in the Custom Defensive Pistol Division at the New England Regional IDPA Championship. Redl scored 277.82 match points in the CDP Master Class, with 82 points down. This victory also increases Redl’s lead in his division for the 2014 King of New England title, which he looks to claim again after his victory in 2013.

“We are all very excited for Mark and another outstanding win,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing Company. “It is wonderful to see him continue to put in the hard work and get closer to achieving his goal of repeating his King of New England CDP Division title. Colt’s Manufacturing Company is also proud to have been a sponsor of this popular IDPA match.”

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NRA Magazine provides shooting news, expert forums, product reviews, and an annual calendar of 15,000 matches

Shooting Sports USA Cover from August of 2014
American Rifleman, American Hunter, and America's 1st Freedom are the magazines most NRA members are familiar with. But for the competitive shooters out there, there's no better resource than Shooting Sports USA - now in it's 100th year of publication ...

Fairfax, Virginia – Shooting Sports USA, the National Rifle Association’s monthly journal for target shooting enthusiasts, is celebrating more than 100 years of reporting on competition shooting. The number one resource for target shooters, the magazine features shooting news, expert forums, product reviews, and an annual calendar of 15,000 matches.

Sign up for a free subscription and begin receiving a digital copy each month at www.shootingsportsusa.com.

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NRA Pistol winner started his military career in high school, learned pistol later

Patrick Franks lifts NRA National Pistol Trophy over his head in celebration

Port Clinton, Ohio - Patrick Franks didn’t start with a love for pistol. Probably an odd thing to hear when referring to NRA’s 2014 National Pistol Champion, but that doesn’t make it any less real.

“My father started me shooting smallbore when I was a freshman in high school,” Franks explained from the Hough Theater stage in Camp Perry, Ohio. “I got older, less interested, joined the military and became more interested.”

Probably a familiar tale.

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